Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies celebrated its 28th Annual Commencement on Friday, May 4, 2018. The recording is now available online.

Event Details

The Commencement Ceremony and Reception will take place as follows:

All Programs: 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 4 (Graduates participating in this ceremony must be at the campus by 6:15 p.m. in order to prepare for the procession.)

  • Students that meet the deadline for indicating their intent to graduate will be listed in the Commencement program, which is distributed to all participants and guests during the ceremony.
  • The ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes.
  • Immediately following the Ceremony, a reception will be held for graduates and their guests. Light refreshments will be served, including ice cream from the Penn State Berkey Creamery. The Nittany Lion will also be on hand for photo ops!
    • Please plan to join the faculty, staff, and Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society for this festive celebration.
  • Diplomas for spring grads will be mailed from the University Registrar’s Office beginning in late May. For further diploma details, please visit Diploma Information.  

In order to help us prepare for graduation and the Commencement Ceremony, please complete the following steps:

Commencement RSVP Form

  • The Commencement RSVP form is now closed. Any requests should go to
  • Place your academic regalia order (indicate height for regalia) on the RSVP Form. It will be forwarded to the Penn State Great Valley Bookstore for processing.
  • Additional instructions and information will be sent closer to the time of Commencement.
  • It is critical for the University to have your correct address. If you are a current student, check and update your address in LionPATH. Additional information about Commencement will be sent to you via your Penn State Webmail account after you RSVP, so check it frequently.

If you are not a currently enrolled student, please contact the Penn State Great Valley Registration Office at 610-648-3275 to update your address. 

Commencement Ceremony Tickets

  • There are no tickets for the Penn State Great Valley Commencement Ceremony. The Ceremony will be held under a tent and all seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

  • All graduating students who participate in the ceremony must wear the academic regalia appropriate for their degree status.
  • You should order your regalia on the Commencement RSVP Form (indicate your height).
  • Cap, gown, and hood orders can be picked up at the campus bookstore during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. beginning Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 27, 2018.
  • Payment of $90.00 plus tax is due at the time of pick up. You may arrange to prepay and have your order shipped to you by contacting the bookstore at 610-648-3280.
  • For more information, contact the bookstore at 610-648-3280. Bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Class Rings and Diploma Frames

  • A representative from Josten’s will be in the lobby of the Main Building, Thursday, March 15 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to assist you in purchasing a class ring.
  • The bookstore carries diploma frames.

If you have questions, please email the Commencement Office at